Delve Readers Seminars engages readers in exploring challenging books in lively discussion-based seminars led by an experienced scholar.
Each seminar is limited to 16 participants who will complete designated reading in advance and come prepared to discuss the text in an informal, friendly atmosphere. No previous knowledge of the author or text is required. Delve is a perfect combination of a book group and a college English class, but we promise not to assign any essays.
Our traditional Delve seminars meet once a week for 6 weeks. Read below for brief seminar descriptions. Remember to enroll early; each seminar is limited to 16 participants. Seminars typically run from 6:30–8:30 p.m., are held at the Literary Arts event space (925 SW Washington St, Portland) and tuition is $185 unless otherwise noted.
The Americans: Award-Winning Novels by Louise Erdrich, Julie Otsuka & Jesmyn Ward
Wednesdays, April 2 – May 7, 2014 6:30 – 8:30pm
Join us to explore the many facets of life in the United States, with three award-winning female novelists as guides. We will immigrate to California with Japan’s picture brides in the lyrical collective stories of Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic; face down Hurricane Katrina with fifteen-year-old Esch and her family in Jesmyn Ward’s epic and impassioned Salvage the Bones; and immerse ourselves in the traumatic emotional and legal after-affects of a brutal attack on a North Dakotan reservation in Louise Erdrich’s heartbreaking The Round House. Each of these celebrated novels takes us out to the margins of American life, while simultaneously implicating and encircling the reader in a deeper, more complex view of the country we live in and the Americans we share it with.
Guide: Ramiza Koya’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in publications such as Washington Square Review, Lumina, and Catamaran, and she has been a fellow at both MacDowell Colony and Blue Mountain Center. She has both a BA and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and has taught in Spain, the Czech Republic, and Morocco. In addition to teaching writing, she also works as a freelance writer and editor.
New seminars are added throughout the year! Check back with us in the spring to see our listings in the 2014/2015 season!
The Following Seminars are SOLD OUT
James Joyce: Ulysses
Tuesdays, April 1 – May 6, 2014 7:00 – 9:00 pm
In Ulysses, James Joyce endeavored to write a book about one day in the lives of a few Dubliners that would represent the noisy minutiae of contemporary urban existence while conveying the dignity and importance of classical literature. Published amid controversy in Paris in 1922, Ulysses recorded Joyce’s growing audacity as an artist and has since come to epitomize literary modernism. In this seminar, we will approach the book as readers rather than as scholars, hoping to follow the journeys of Joyce’s characters and to grasp the simple and humane insights of Joyce’s vision.
Guide: Christopher Zinn, an independent literature scholar, has led several Delve seminars. He teaches humanities at the Portland Waldorf High School.
William Shakespeare: Othello
Thursday, April 3 – April 17, 2014 6:30 – 8:30pm (3 evenings)
Tuition: $90, Location: Portland Center Stage at The Armory
Shakespeare’s Othello continues to intrigue over 400 years after it was written. We will spend two sessions reading and exploring the intertwined lives of Othello, Desdemona, Cassio, Emilia, and Iago, and tracing the currents of love, jealousy, evil, racism, and betrayal. After attending Portland Center Stage’s production, we will share impressions and interpretations in our final meeting.
Note: Participants in this seminar will receive a complimentary ticket to Portland Center Stage’s evening performance of Othello on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
Guide: Gemma Whelan is the founding Artistic Director of corrib theatre, a company devoted to bringing Irish theatre to Portland. She was the founding Artistic Director of Wilde Irish Productions in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she directed and taught for many years. Gemma has also taught theatre and film in Singapore, and lead theatre tours to Ireland and England. She has a BA from Trinity College Dublin and graduate degrees from UC Berkeley (Theatre) and San Francisco State University (Cinema).